|As of August 2016 I've become a full-time caregiver to both of my elderly parents, taking care of memory, mobility and veteran's issues, among other things (and our respective kitty families, of course!) |
July 2017 update: Have increased in-home care services for parents, would like to start on my second harp album soon (featuring my new harp Esabelle!), helping one of my humane society friends active with our local animal shelter on trapping, feeding, blankets, night warmth for feral colony, etc.!
More kitty blankets on the way! And have just gotten a very nice baby grand piano and hammered dulcimer in the past month... both will be lovely for arranging/composition/recording work...
Below is my formal bio and here are some links of interest as well...
Newsweek Article: Stopping Alzheimer's Disease Before It Starts
I arrange and record Roman Catholic Gregorian Chant melodies for Irish wire strung harp, with a synthesizer background. I am not a live performer. I work in small layered, increments over time (measured in years!) and notate my arrangements on staff paper with thoughtful revisions before recording brief segments that are seamlessly edited together.
My artwork is mostly of the natural world, green plants, cascading water, rock formations and colorful flowers, drawn in graphite and color pencil, in a realistic style using photographs as references.
On March 25, 2014 I released my first album after four years of studio recording work: Vox Celeste, an instrumental album of sacred melodies played on Irish harp over a background of lushly layered synthesizer, digitally sampled organ pipes and shimmering strings, with birdsong, water ripples and chimes woven throughout on some tracks.
For each track on Vox Celeste, I did either a pencil or a color pencil drawing to accompany it in a glossy 16-page booklet in the CD box. I'm self-taught as a visual artist since childhood and have always focused on photorealistic drawing. Most of my artwork illustrates the music I record and shows some of the green rural environment I live and work in.
I began playing the Irish wire-strung harp in 2007. I played my Triplett Luna on Vox Celeste and in February 2016 my new cross-strung wire harp was completed by Stoney End Harps.
The music on my CD is influenced by sounds and styles spanning the millenia: from medieval Gregorian Chant and the choral music of Palestrina to 80's & 90's synth-pop and electronic music. Irish recording artist Enya had the most significant influence on my sound, and I listened to her albums in depth to learn studio layer recording, prior to doing Vox Celeste. My way of working with recorded music roughly paralleled that of the visual art world: creating a finished piece slowly over weeks and months at a time piece by piece alone in the studio, so this puts me more in the composer rather than performer category.
I went back to college in my mid-thirties and completed my B.A. in Music with honors, Summa Cum Laude, at Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT in 2007.
My husband George Matthew Jr. is organist of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Middlebury, VT and is Carillonneur of Middlebury College and Norwich University.
We live with our five adopted rescue cats Jake, Jasmine, Donella, Wenonah and Sidian. I take care of my parents' diabetic cat Forest twice a day. I'm also an advocate for animal welfare and responsible pet care, online and off. A section of my website is set aside with links and info on adoption and special needs kitties.